By Michael Evans
While most of the 3.4 billion trips taken by air, rail, and road this Spring Festival have been by travellers returning home for the holidays, China is also seeing a sharp increase in travelers leaving home to go on vacation.
The China Daily reports:
According to a survey conducted by the China Tourism Academy, more than 76.8 percent of the respondents said they are willing to travel during the holiday, up from 36.5 percent in the same period last year.
Chinese tourist trips are estimated to rise 20 percent year on year to hit 211 million during the holiday, while tourism revenue will reach 126.7 billion yuan ($20.16 billion), up 25 percent from a year earlier, according to the academy.
And as landmarks across China are mobbed by crowds of tourists, travel agencies say that up to 70 percent of their clients choose to travel abroad.